Two weeks ahead of the official deadline, Roy Hodgson has named his England squad for the upcoming European Championships in France.
Having initially planned to announce the squad last Thursday, the England manager decided to take in the final round of Premier League fixtures and gauge the fitness of certain players before deciding whether or not to include them today.
Rather than name a preliminary 30-35 man squad, Hodgson has named a 26 man panel, with three to be shaved off in the coming weeks.
Injuries to Jack Butland and Danny Welbeck have ruled them out of contention, but Jordan Henderson’s speedy recovery has led to his inclusion in the squad. Andros Townsend’s upturn in form since signing for Newcastle in January has also warranted an international recall.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has also been included in the travelling party despite only starting in the league for the first time this season yesterday.
Jermain Defoe, however, misses out once again despite recent calls for his inclusion.
Provisional England Squad For Euro 2016
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Here you go…England’s 26 (to become 23) pic.twitter.com/hSbYhfr5a1
— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) May 16, 2016
As reported over the weekend, Manchester United’s 18 year old striker Marcus Rashford is line to make his senior England debut in one of the warm-up friendlies, and as such as been included in the provisional squad. While the youngster still has some way to go in convincing Hodsgon that he is worth the risk, the fact that he has been included in the 26 man squad is a promising sign.
— England (@England) May 16, 2016
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